Originally posted by nagrommeBuying music right to your player? Sounds GREAT!
* There goes your battery life
* And/or the thing gets bulkier and heavier for battery and antenna
* You probably have to pay something for the communications service involved (rather than just using your home ISP)
* You can't browse and sort results, with album art, columns of details, etc., on a tiny screen as well as you can on a computer's large screen
* You can't enter artist/title names to shop for on a handheld device as easily as you can with a real keyboard
* You can't manage and edit and organize your collection as well on a handheld device as you can with a mouse--unless you have a stylus adding bulk and ready to be lost (but no matter how bulky, the screen will still be smaller than iTunes on a computer)
* Your new music is now arriving in two places (assuming you still buy CDs or use download services)--rather than the simplicity of always sending new music directly to your computer which is your master library
* What about burning CDs?
* More complexity is not always a good addition to your music experience
* Would the quality be reduced, or would the arrival of the file just be slow?
* Is having to worry about finding a signal and signal strength and interruptions a good thing for shopping?
* You still have to plug in to charge anyway, which takes longer than synching your latest downloads
* Can't you wait until you get home? Is this really a "problem" consumers want solved?
* It still won't have Apple ease-of-use (or style or mindshare)
* Nearly every time poor Microsoft gets press exposure for it, the iPod and iTunes will be mentioned too--free mindshare for the competitor, and often in the tone of Microsoft copying Apple and playing catch-up (not the best kind or PR in the Vista vs. Leopard age)
* It will either be designed separately from the software and service (which puts it at a disadvantage compared to the well-integrated iPod + iTunes) or else it will be competing with services from Microsoft's allies
* The hardware will be competing with Microsoft's allies regardless.
* If you have to have DRM, I'd rather mine didn't come from Microsoft.
* It probably won't run on Mac, yet Microsoft will talk about "choice."
Otherwise, it sounds great
Even if Apple came out with such a service/device, many of the same problems would still apply.
But we don't know what will really be released: something else--like streaming satellite radio--I can see having its place. Still too bulky for me, but a streaming digital music subscription would have its uses. Maybe Microsoft is creating Sirius or FM with more choice? (Or with less?)
I like playing devil advocate so i will reply to each point.
1. How would you know what the battery life would be like?. Just because apple battery life sucks doesn't mean microsoft can't have a longer lasting battery. Apple battery is certainly not the most advanced nor does it give the same amount of hrs per use. I will presume you are basing your assumptions on the ipod battery life and assuming that wireless downloads will reduce that battery life (if it is the same as the ipod's to begin with.. of course if it's a lot better than the ipod battery, then your point is irrelevant)
2. Why would it get bulkier?. The motorola razr is thinner than an ipod and it has an antennae, plays music, is a phone, has contact list, etc. I presume that microsoft player will not be a phone so at least they can save space by not having to worry about including electronics for that. In fact, microsoft and anyone for that matter can make a player that is thinner than nano and still have an antennae. The end of the year is a long time in electronics. Things get shrinked every month. I dare you to be able to accurately predict the size of any electronic device 6 months from now.
3. Yes and no. You can wirelessly move music to your player using your own isp. There are tons of free wi-fi spots. I know, i use them often. I have a wireless laptop. When my company gived me a wireless laptop, the first thing that DID NOT come to mind was the fact that i would have to pay to use someone else ISP instead of my own. Strangely enough, i was right. I have never had to pay to use some communications services. I either use my own or use free wi-fi.
4. So what?. The fact is, you will be able to browse music. A 12.1 inch ibook screen is not as big as a 21 inch widescreen dell flatscreen but that didn't stop anyone from buying a ibook when it came out. The question is not whether the icons is as large as it is on a regular computer screen (duh, it will not be) but whether it will be usable enough for users to tolerate and enjoy. If users are willing to watch video on a tiny ipod screen, i gurantee they are willing to browse on that same tiny screen.
5. Entering is not as easy as keyboard. Again, so what?. People text all the time. In fact, that is the most popular thing right now. My younger cousins, neices and nephews are all into texting.. try telling them it's not as convenient as typing on a keyboard. I presume microsoft values the younger demographic 18-34 more than the "old fogies, i think the brick is still a cool cellphone" generation.
6 & 7. Stop comparing this device to a computer screen. You are really dating yourself here. How old are you, 100?.
8. Burning CD's. I presume the same way you can use your own home wireless setup to get music to this player will be the same way you can download the music to your computer to burn it and also why would you want to burn it?. Since i bought an ipod, i haven't burnt a CD. Sure, i could burn CD's to play in my home system i guess, but i think a majority of people will use this device and also i am sure pheripherals will appear.. examples, home entertainment systems that will allow you to plug in your microsoft player directly.. or systems that will allow you to wireless stream your music to your home entertainment system. CD burning is so yesterday. I'll bet you still play with your 8-track. Microsoft is not stupid. I don't like them (i really hate bill gates) but that is not a stupid company. There are many, many competitors that can testify to how ruthless and smart microsoft is. I gurantee there is a reason microsoft is previewing this thing. This is to line up all the major players to make accessories for this thing. Imagine never having to burn a CD again, ever. I'm sure apple is thinking of this too so don't dismiss this out of hand.
9,10,11,12. Just because you can download wirelessly does not imply more complexity. You have to download anyway, so that is something users are expecting. As to cannot wait to get home.. hmmm.. no. Why should i have to?. What's this, the 1960's?. If that is a valid question, then why cell phones?. Can't wait to get home to talk?. As to charging, ever heard of car chargers?. Yeah, i bet you have. How else do you think cell phones get charged when you are on the go. I must really question your age. I cannot even believe you asked that question. You must be 120 years old, grandpa. As to apple ease of use of mindshare.. the ipod is not perfect. There is a lot of room for improvement. Believe me, i know. If something better than the ipod came along, i'd dump my ipod in a heartbeat. This is not a mature market, there is still lots of innovation and if one thing we know, it's that microsoft is good at letting others be first to market and then stealing their market share by coming out with something better. They have lots of money. If's it's possible to make something better, they will find a way even if it cost a trillion bucks. To destroy microsoft, some company will have to reduce their marketshare in office and operating systems. Those two are their cash cows, those two applications allows microsoft to basically lose money in their other business indefinetly. Which company you know can suffer loss after loss for years and beyond infinity without going under?. Since no company has been able to challenge microsoft in the operating sytem market and office application suites, they are free to spend as much as they want anywhere else. When microsoft first came out with their palm immitation device, people laughed.. i bet palm is not laughing now. When microsoft came out with their mobile device software, the sambian alliance laughed, bet they are not laughing now. Apple better worry. There is no company on earth that has laughed at microsoft and lived to tell about it. I gurantee, if microsoft can deliver even half what they are promising, the ipod share will reduce dramatically. Apple had better decide to fight to the death on this one. The ipod loyalty is not as deep as apple believes.. people are waiting on better things. Apple better be the one prepared to give them the better things or else we could see history repeating itself... microsoft eating apple lunch.
I'm exhausted.. I'll let you be the one to figure out where else you went wrong.